Comic Actor as standing Herakles

Greek
Late Classical Period
400–350 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

01.8014

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

A popular figures in comedy Herakles is identified by his lion cape, his bow and quiver. It appears his legs were crossed, pot bellied, added costume with phallos, which also characterizes him as a well known type favored in Middle and New Comedy–his gluttony and love of wine made him comical

Broken at mid-thigh.

Provenance

By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens: from the Kabireion.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution